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International Migration and DevelopmentIt is estimated that some 180 million people, or three percent of the world’s population, are  living in countries other than countries of birth. Such movement of people across international borders has enormous economic, social and cultural implications for both origin and destination countries.

Yet, until recently, the impact of migration on sending and receiving countries was highly under-researched, mainly due to scarcity of data and political sensitivities. The International Migration and Development Program aims to expand knowledge on the effects of migration on source and destination countries and identify the migration policies, regulations and institutional reforms that will lead to superior development outcomes.

Research Talk

Patterns of Global Migration and Opportunities for Policy Makers
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Speaker: Caglar Ozden, Senior Economist, Trade and International Integration, Develoment Research Group
Discussant: Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa Region
Chair: Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Director of Research
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Determinants and Impacts of Migration and Remittances 


Journal Articles

  • “Surveying Migrant Households: A Comparison of Census-based, Snowball, and Intercept Surveys.” David McKenzie and Johan Mistiaen, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 172(2): 339-360, 2009.
  • “Role of Emigration and Emigrant Networks in Labor Market Decisions of Non-Migrants,” Jinu Koola and Caglar Ozden. Forthcoming in ABCDE Volume.

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Skilled Immigration, Brain Drain, Brain Gain and Brain Waste


Journal Articles

  • "A Gendered Assessment of Highly Skilled Emigration” Frédéric Docquier, B. Lindsay Lowell and Abdeslam Marfouk, Population and Development Review 35(2): 297-321. 2009.
  • “Brain Waste? Educated Immigrants in the US Labor Market” Aaditya Mattoo, Caglar Ozden and Cristina Neagu, Journal of Development Economics, vol.87, no.2, p.255-69, 2008.

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Migration, Trade and Foreign Direct Investment

  • “Migrant Networks and Foreign Direct Investment” Beata S. Javorcika, Caglar Ozden,  Mariana Spatare and Cristina Neagu. Forthcoming in Journal of Development Economics.

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Temporary Movement and Mode IV

  • “The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership and Mode 4: Trade in Services as a Partial Substitute for Migration“ Bernard Hoekman and Caglar Ozden. Forthcoming in Journal of Common Market Studies.

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Last updated: 2013-11-21


WPS6279Networks, firms, and tradeBastos, Paulo; Silva, Joana2012/11
WPS6140Performance of skilled migrants in the U.S. : a dynamic approachMattoo, Aaditya; Neagu, Ileana Cristina; Ozden, Caglar2012/07
WPS6034Do migrants really foster trade ? the trade-migration nexus, a panel approach 1960-2000Parsons, Christopher R.2012/04
WPS5557Emigration and democracyDocquier, Frederic; Lodigiani, Elisabetta; Rapoport, Hillel; Schiff, Maurice2011/02
WPS5556The wage effects of immigration and emigrationDocquier, Frederic; Ozden, Caglar; Peri, Giovanni2011/02

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